Area potters featured at State Fair

Article Published: Oct. 14, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Area potters featured at State Fair

Blowing Rock potter Michael Calhoun's face jugs will be available at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, as will wife Janet Bolick Calhoun's work.

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Area potters Michael and Janet Bolick Calhoun, of Traditions Pottery in Blowing Rock, will be featured at the 2010 N.C. State Fair in Raleigh from Oct. 14-24. They will be demonstrating, and selling traditional, handmade pottery.

The Calhouns are members of the Village of Yesteryear, a special attraction of the fair located in the Holshouser Building that provides opportunities for fairgoers to learn about heritage craftsmanship and view the often long lost skills needed in the creation of these one-of a kind items. This year will be the 12th year that Traditions has been a part of the Village of Yesteryear. 

Janet is a sixth generation potter from the Owens family of Seagrove. Her pottery shapes resemble that of her grandfather, M.L. Owens, especially her teapots and Rebekah pitchers. She and her husband worked with her parents, Glenn and Lula Bolick, of Bolick Pottery, for several years before starting Traditions Pottery in 1992.   

Michael is known for his face jugs, with the Santa jugs being the most recognized. This year's inventory at the state fair will include several wood fired face jugs. Michael will also be demonstrating his talent of sculpting face jugs while at the fair.    

For more information on Traditions Pottery and others in the Village of Yesteryear, visit the village website at or, or contact Janet Calhoun at (828) 265-6620.

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